Break out the mango salsa, sharpen your fillet knives, and get ready to fill your belly. It's snapper time and you better be ready to bring lots of bait. Heavy chumming and bottom fishing are the keys to your success in bringing home the snapper.

1) Chumming

Chumming is anchoring up tide of a structure and chumming the fish to you. Cutting small pieces of Spanish Sardines and white bait and letting them drift back to the structure will get the snapper on the rise.


When you start seeing those snapper show up to the top, you need to fish light.

The higher they are in the water column, the more spooked the fish become. Typical leader is 20lb fluorocarbon and sometimes even 15lb. Hook size #4 to a 2/0 in a light wire model so the sink rate is the same as your chum.

2) Bottom Fishing

Often anglers will catch snapper while grouper fishing on the bottom. If you catch one or two it’s time to grab a Kingfish combo and fire smaller bait down. For each fish you catch, reel up five cranks off the bottom. The larger snapper are not scared to move off the structure and stay suspended. (Three fish would equal 15 cranks and 4 fish would equal 20 cranks until the bite stops. Where it stops is where the largest fish will be.) While your buds are catching 1 to 3 pounders on the bottom, you will be catching 4 to 7 pounders suspended. Remember, don’t tell them what you are doing. The bites may stop ten cranks from the bottom, but there will be the biggest fish there.


Start a pool for the largest snapper with your buddies and proceed to use this tip to lay the smack down and win the pool.

3)Rod and Reels

We suggest our Dogfish Stik 10-25 7ft spinner paired with a Shimano Stradic 8000. For bottom fishing, we suggest our 10-25 or 12-40 conventional 7' to 7'6" Dogfish Stiks paired with a Shimano Torium 30. We can most definitely recommend different rod and reel combos that will better fit your price range, so feel free to give us a call and speak to one of expert staff members today.